Watch us blow up tankers on Battlefield Hardline's Riptide map

Don't let Battlefield Hardline's police procedural posturing fool you: the multiplayer mode is still a madcap celebration of high-speed chaos. That goes double for Hotwire mode, Hardline's unique take on Conquest, which trades static control points for fly rides. We got to record a whole round's worth of headshots and carjackings on the tropical Riptide map.

Oh, did I mention that you only get points for holding the cars if you keep the accelerator pressed to the floor? Not really sure why the Police side of the conflict gets rewarded for reckless driving, but it does make for a dramatic video. Check out our exploits below.

Yes, you did just see a police officer detonate several gasoline tankers with a grenade launcher, and you did see him repair a car with a blowtorch as he sits in its back seat. Does it match up with what we know about the gritty single-player campaign? Not really. Is it Battlefield? Oh yeah.

Battlefield Hardline will release on March 17 in North America and March 19 in Europe, on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.